SLC Fundraising Drive
The Student Leadership Council is promoting a fundraising drive to help support Year 10 student Alex Ataata in his quest to join the Victorian Schoolboys Rugby Union team on their tour to UK, Ireland, Belgium and France later this year. Unfortunately, the tour is quite expensive ($7000) so we are encouraging the school community to get behind Alex to help him meet the cost of the trip. The SLC is organising a fundraising bbq and a bake sale but if people in the school community would like to make a personal donation they can contact Year 10 Coordinator Baden Small or Assistant Principal Margaret Fry.
Alex Ataata profile
Alexander has always loved being outdoors. His love for the outdoors resulted in him being enrolled at Ponsonby Ponies Rugby Club in Auckland, New Zealand in 2007 as a 7 year old. After his first year of playing rugby union, he left rugby to pursue kickboxing. In the last few years of primary before switching to rugby league, Alexander was reintroduced to rugby union and represented his school, Waikowhai intermediate in 2012 and 2013. In his last year of intermediate Alexander was then asked to trial and had been selected for the central Auckland Bill McLaren team.
After the Bill McLaren tournament some of the coaches of high schools were interested in his rugby skills which resulted in him being asked to join two of the top schools in Auckland. Mount Albert Grammar school’s first XV coach and St Peters first XV coach both requested Alexander's attendance at their schools as well as joining their rugby academies. Alexander then played in the U14’s A grade Auckland competition before moving to Australia. Alexander was also selected in the Victorian Indigenous squad as well as the Northern knights indigenous team earlier this year for AFL also. Alexander’s aspires to play rugby union or league at a professional level, and to be a youth worker.